District-Level Capacity Upgrade Good For Agriculture Sector Growth

In September 2015, the USAID/Ghana Feed the Future Agriculture Policy Support Project (APSP) awarded a yearlong grant to FMSL Multimedia Rite 90.1 FM, a local radio station in the Eastern region, to implement the Mobilizing Action towards Agriculture Sector Improvement (MAASI) initiative.

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This program will use radio and other multimedia platforms to advocate for improved resource allocation to district-level Departments of Agriculture (DOA) and District Assemblies (DA).

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The project will work in the following six Districts in the Eastern and Greater Accra Regions respectively: Asuogyaman, Lower Manya Krobo, Yilo Krobo, Upper Manya, Akuapim North, and Shai Osudoku.

Although the Local Government Legislative Instrument (L1) 1961bill passed by the government of Ghana decentralized Ministries into local of assemblies, DOAs and DAs continue to face resource constraints due to inadequate funding and lack of information on national policies like the Food and Agriculture Sector Development Policy (FASDEP) and the Medium Term Agriculture Sector Investment Plan (METASIP).

These actors heavily rely on funding and information from the central government to effectively develop and implement agricultural policies in their districts.

APSP began awarding targeted grants to organizations committed to strengthening dialogue at the local government level and creating an environment for improved resource allocation.

MAASI seeks to build the capacity of DOAs and DAs to participate in the national budget development process and train government officials and civil society on the FASDEP and METASIP policies and how implement them at the district level.

Participants are being trained on Ghana’s agriculture policy, composite budgeting, the decentralization policy, and their role in the agriculture policy processes.

This intervention is strengthening participants’ knowledge of agriculture policy and their capacity to leverage additional resources to improve district-level implementation.

According to Philip Amoah, Agriculture Extension Officer – Lower Manya Krobo, “This MAASI project has stimulated every one along the agriculture value chain to be up and doing. We are being provided with fuel to facilitate field trips and office supplies to enhance administrative work regularly by the District Assembly. A big thanks to Rite 90.1FM” he said.

Thus, strengthening the mass media’s ability to report on agriculture policies in order to better inform the Ghanaian public.

Source: Anita Ampofoa/USAID/Ghana Ftf Agriculture Policy Support Project

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